Pollution blamed for 247 Croydon and Sutton deaths

Public Health England said 247 Croydon and Sutton deaths can be blamed on pollution

Public Health England said 247 Croydon and Sutton deaths can be blamed on pollution

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More needs to be done to protect people from harmful air pollution, health officials have said after new estimates suggest thousands die every year as a result of poor air quality.

In London there were 3,389 deaths in 2010 of people over the age of 25 attributable to air pollution, with 155 of these in Croydon and 92 in Sutton.

Public Health England (PHE) said long-term exposure to air pollution led to around 25,000 deaths in England during that year.

Last week swathes of England and Wales suffered extremely high pollution levels.

The dip in the air quality was caused by a combination of dust from the Sahara Desert, emissions from the continent, low south-easterly winds and domestic pollution.

A fresh air mass pushed the pollution away from Britain last Friday.

Health officials said that the latest estimates are for long-term exposure to pollutants, not short-term exposure to poor air quality as seen last week.

But they said short-term exposure can cause a range of adverse effects such as exacerbation of asthma and effects on lung function.

The estimates are calculated using the average annual concentrations of man-made particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter, and the impacts on health.

PHE said that air quality has improved "considerably" in the UK in recent decades due to new cleaner technology and tighter environmental legislation.

But it said that local action can be taken to reduce the emissions of these man-made particles and people's exposure to air pollution.

PHE's director of health protection and medical director Dr Paul Cosford said: "Policies that encourage a shift from motorised transport to walking and cycling would be expected to reduce total vehicle emissions, including particulate pollution.

"If this could be achieved in towns and cities, then we could expect local improvements in air quality. There would also be health benefits from increased physical activity through walking and cycling.

"Local authorities could also consider other measures to improve air quality, such as implementing low emission strategies as well as the appropriate design of green spaces."

And British Lung Foundation chief executive Dr Penny Woods said: "With the high levels of pollution we experienced last week there has been a lot of discussion about the short-term effects it can have on people's health, particularly to those living with a lung condition.

"However, this new report further highlights just how serious exposure to pollution can be to people's health in the long-term - this is something we urgently need to tackle."

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10:40am Fri 11 Apr 14

Simon Densley says...

And the Lib Dems have waved through a Waste Incinerator in Sutton. It would be a hilarious irony if it wasn't such serious matter.
And the Lib Dems have waved through a Waste Incinerator in Sutton. It would be a hilarious irony if it wasn't such serious matter. Simon Densley
  • Score: 15

10:50am Fri 11 Apr 14

fargis says...

Biggest problem by far is the amount of traffic in the borough. If we had better cycling facilities far more people would be inclined to ride. Not only that, it saves on wear and tear on the roads, plus it is better for local businesses - cyclists actually spend more, we have more money to spend on things other than fuel!!!
Biggest problem by far is the amount of traffic in the borough. If we had better cycling facilities far more people would be inclined to ride. Not only that, it saves on wear and tear on the roads, plus it is better for local businesses - cyclists actually spend more, we have more money to spend on things other than fuel!!! fargis
  • Score: -6

11:01am Fri 11 Apr 14

smogbad says...

Look'
air pollution CAUSES the coronary and lung disease very early in life,that it then exacerbates in old age, oftimes fatally.
It damages children's lung permanently.
Rarely mentioned are its effects on brain activity (real-time CAT scan) and then scarring, leading to a whole range of behaviour disorder,depression,
school under performance and intellectual damage.
Its effects on the placenta in pregnancy is well documented and it also has effects on the immune system of the baby within the womb and renders infants liable to early,frequent,respi
ratory infection.
What is so SCANDALOUS is that our public health doctors,whether in the local press or on television,AVOID mentioning these extra very serious issues.
It has been inconvenient for a series of governments to pay attention to air pollution.2007 was the start date from which this could be called extreme negligence.This Sahara dust episode is just the tip of a very old iceberg.
I write as an old retired medic,and believe me I know what I am talking about.
Look' air pollution CAUSES the coronary and lung disease very early in life,that it then exacerbates in old age, oftimes fatally. It damages children's lung permanently. Rarely mentioned are its effects on brain activity (real-time CAT scan) and then scarring, leading to a whole range of behaviour disorder,depression, school under performance and intellectual damage. Its effects on the placenta in pregnancy is well documented and it also has effects on the immune system of the baby within the womb and renders infants liable to early,frequent,respi ratory infection. What is so SCANDALOUS is that our public health doctors,whether in the local press or on television,AVOID mentioning these extra very serious issues. It has been inconvenient for a series of governments to pay attention to air pollution.2007 was the start date from which this could be called extreme negligence.This Sahara dust episode is just the tip of a very old iceberg. I write as an old retired medic,and believe me I know what I am talking about. smogbad
  • Score: 7

3:06pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Sutton53 says...

Building over back gardens to make way for a car-park with every flat development doesn't help. Especially when these car-parks back onto existing gardens. Copious amounts of exhaust fumes, as a result, enter properties backing onto these car-parks.. Sutton Council seems hell-bent on allowing as many flat developments to be passed as possible, for some reason, without acknowledging any of the local objections against them. Even when the pollution from exhaust-fumes in built up areas is pointed out to them it is dismissed as nothing of importance. They seem to think building over back-gardens to accommodate the cars that come with these new developments is nothing to worry about. If it doesn't impinge on the life of any of the voting committee who pass the plans then they couldn't give two hoots about the local residents.
Building over back gardens to make way for a car-park with every flat development doesn't help. Especially when these car-parks back onto existing gardens. Copious amounts of exhaust fumes, as a result, enter properties backing onto these car-parks.. Sutton Council seems hell-bent on allowing as many flat developments to be passed as possible, for some reason, without acknowledging any of the local objections against them. Even when the pollution from exhaust-fumes in built up areas is pointed out to them it is dismissed as nothing of importance. They seem to think building over back-gardens to accommodate the cars that come with these new developments is nothing to worry about. If it doesn't impinge on the life of any of the voting committee who pass the plans then they couldn't give two hoots about the local residents. Sutton53
  • Score: 5

6:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

leapy says...

And now you will have an incinerator which will pollute no matter how tall the stacks are.
And now you will have an incinerator which will pollute no matter how tall the stacks are. leapy
  • Score: 2

8:49pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

How about installing a memorial to all these poor souls so everyone can see the gravity of the danger.
How about installing a memorial to all these poor souls so everyone can see the gravity of the danger. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 2

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